NFL from the Sidelines
Friday, November 25, 2005
Week 12 Tips
Quarterbacks
Start Them:
Trent Green, Kansas City. Even though Larry Johnson is now the focus of the offense, everybody throws on New England.
Mike McMahon, Philadelphia. Go ahead. Roll the dice. McMahon should be able to put up some yards against Green Bay.
Steve McNair, Tennessee. McNair missed some practice time this week but should be good to go against San Francisco at home.

Bench Them:
Brad Johnson, Minnesota. Johnson's winning, but not putting up big numbers.
Jake Delhomme, Carolina. He had an awful week against Chicago and things won't be any better against Buffalo's pass defense.
Chris Simms, Tampa Bay. Simms has played better, but not this week against Chicago.

Running backs
Start Them:
Steven Jackson, St. Louis. Should find some nice holes against Houston.
Kevan Barlow, San Francisco. Gets to run against Tennessee this week.
Curtis Martin, Jets. Martin has been struggling, but should be good to go against the Saints.

Bench Them:
Heath Evans, New England. Patrick Pass is back this week.
Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati. The Ravens should be able to hold him in check.
Antowain Smith, New Orleans. Close to losing his job.

Wide receivers
Start Them:
Deion Branch, New England. Branch should get open against Kansas City.
Anquan Boldin, Arizona. He's healthy again. Get him in the lineup.
Plaxico Burress, Giants. The Giants promise a shootout in Seattle.

Bench Them:
Keenan McCardell, San Diego. If Gates doesn't play the Redskins can focus on him in the passing game.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati. Will have a tough time against Baltimore.
Issac Bruce, St. Louis. Jamie Martin's the QB now.

Tight end
Start Them:
L.J. Smith, Philadelphia. He's their best receiving option now.
Todd Heap, Baltimore. Has struggled this year thanks to bad quarterbacking. But should reach the end zone this week.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh. Is a mismatch against the Colts smallish secondary and linebackers.

Bench Them:
Randy McMichael, Miami. The Dolphins passing game is in a shambles.
Desmond Clark, Chicago. Tampa's defense is good, too.
Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota. The Browns will try to force Brad Johnson to go downfield.
posted by Dale Lolley at 11:59 PM  

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